2016 has been quite an eventful year in television.
From shocking firings and abrupt morning show departures to the rise of true-crime and president-elect Donald Trump, the past 12 months have featured a myriad of major TV headlines.
As 2017 approaches, ET relives 11 of the biggest stories on the small screen.
1. Thomas Gibson’s Criminal Minds Firing
You couldn’t turn away from the TV without seeing or hearing mention of Donald Trump. Whether it be through the presidential debates, the fallout from the secret Billy Bush recording or Megyn Kelly’s challenge of his inflammatory remarks on women, the president-elect was everywhere. (He even launched his own Internet channel, Trump TV!)
3. Michael Strahan’s Surprising Live! Exit
4. Ryan Lochte Protesters Storm DWTS Stage
In September, the 32-year-old Olympian received more than he bargained for on Dancing With the Stars,
when two protesters stormed the stage
while he and Cheryl Burke
were receiving their judges’ critique. At the time, Lochte was coming off a scandal-filled summer after he admitted he “over-exaggerated” claims that he was robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Olympics and took “full responsibility.”
5. Alec Baldwin’s Trump Impressions on SNL
Baldwin made a statement with his Donald Trump impersonations on Saturday Night Live, lampooning the 70-year-old president-elect over the course of the season for various reasons. From lambasting Trump’s penchant for retweeting random teenagers to parodying his busy post-election schedule, Baldwin’s performance prompted Trump, who last hosted SNL in 2015, to react: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad.”
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6. The Rise of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke
Though the Late Late Show
host’s viral sensation technically didn’t launch this year (March 2015, if you were curious), 2016 marked the rise of the unbelievably successful franchise
. Just look at all the stars he’s been able to score: Adele
! Britney Spears
! Bruno Mars
! Chris Martin
! Jennifer Lopez
! Stevie Wonder
! Not to mention, it’s becoming its own show
via Apple Music.
8. This Is Us Captures Everyone’s Hearts
9. You Get a Revival, and You Get a Revival!
The year was ripe with TV shows featuring familiar characters or with a nostalgic bent. There was the breakthrough hit Stranger Things (what’s up, Eleven?), the anticipated Gilmore Girls revival, Full House sequel series Fuller House and many others, including Lethal Weapon, MacGyver, Frequency and the news that a brand new Star Trek series, Discovery, is coming. Will 2017 continue the trend?
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10. Michael Phelps and Women’s Gymnastics Shine in Rio
For a two-week span in August, the Rio Olympics were all anyone could talk about and it was Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals, and the women’s gymnastics team that dominated. Miss Phelps’ final race? Forget to tune in to Simone Biles and future DWTS champ Laurie Hernandez score big? Good luck holding a conversation.
11. Resurgence of the True-Crime Obsession
Last year’s Making a Murderer kick-started the trend. This year, prime focus was paid to the 20-year anniversary of the unsolved JonBenet Ramsey murder, as well as the O.J. Simpson murder case, which was the subject of FX’s award-winning drama series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and ESPN docu-series, O.J.: Made in America.